And Now it’s Time for Monkeypox!

ARIES | TAURUS | GEMINI | CANCER | LEO | VIRGO | LIBRA | SCORPIO
| SAGITTARIUS | CAPRICORN | AQUARIUS | PISCES

Meme illustrating response to “monkeypox,” showing where Bill Gates found the virus.

Here’s what we have on monkeypox, the latest thing you’re supposed to freak out about | added May 22

By Eric F. Coppolino | Updates at Covid19 News
Research by Cindy Tice Ragusa

We are tracking the “monkeypox” situation that emerged last week, seemingly out of nowhere. It has not; it has a long history. We’re following both mainstream news developments, as well as our reliable sources, and reaching out to our scientific contacts for specific information related to the nature of the test.

This story emerged May 7, just as New York was bringing back “mask” recommendations. Nobody has been talking lockdown, yet; we wonder if that much terror or sense of phony civic duty could be mustered up a second time. However, they are trying to ruin the first seemingly normal summer festival scene since 2019.

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Learning about sexuality is a process of gaining self-awareness. This is not always “comfortable” but it is an adventure. Photo is Velocity Girl from the Book of Blue New York Sessions.

The Mirror :: Sex, Tantra and Astrology

Exceedingly little relevant information has been written about actual sexuality in the context of astrology. We get stuff about personality traits, romantic inclinations, and various “styles” indicated by sign placements. There is interesting stuff written about aspects (if you look hard enough) but most of it is tinted by ignorance and negative or moralistic values about sexuality. I do my best to get past that.

There is no area of life that is not in some way influenced by sexuality. So in that sense, you can do a reading of every house in a person’s chart and get useful information. Usually, though, two houses are assigned to matters of sexual relating: the 5th (fun, pleasure, play, risky and adventurous sex) and the 8th (sex as a matter of commitment, property rights, and in an odd contradiction, the sexual power you exude and the sex you need the most).

The 5th usually pertains to art; the 8th usually pertains to death. Therein lies the essential difference.

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Art from The Everlasting Forest by Lanvi Nguyen. Details and ordering information.
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STARCAST for Tues., May 17 — Special Comment :: Mercury Rx in the Digital Age. With this week’s aspects.

Me with Australian horoscope writer Yasmin Boland, at the home of Lynn Bell in Paris, 2005.

The Ego Dreams of Being Awake by Charlie Lemay.

Scorpio Lunar Eclipse :: Get Over Yourself

This article covers the Scorpio Full Moon eclipse of May 15-16, 2022

Dear Friend and Reader:

The approaching Full Moon in Scorpio is a total eclipse. It happens overnight Sunday to Monday, and will be visible across the Americas wherever the sky is clear, at about a quarter past midnight Eastern Time. Quite a bit has happened since the April 30 Taurus solar eclipse conjunct Albion (1992 QB1).

Mercury has stationed retrograde in its domicile Gemini (that lasts through June 3). That placement suggests there’s so much that we do not say, and need to. In Gemini, the retrograde has an especially introspective quality, and evokes the idea of an idioglossia, the secret language of twins.

Total eclipse of the Moon in Scorpio, Monday, May 16, 2022. It will be visible throughout the Americas wherever the sky is clear, plus parts of Europe and Africa. View larger. See astronomical details.

Jupiter has entered Aries, starting a new 12-year cycle. Earth-Goddess Ceres has entered the sign of mothers and of women generally, Cancer. It is also in aspect to the Aries Point, which emphasizes how this placement contains many ideas that resound through society.

Because Cancer’s ruling body, the Moon, is eclipsed, there will be many references back to this Ceres placement and its diversity of concepts: relationships between mothers and daughters; the relationship between food and emotional reality; and food generally.

Eclipses can be active for a long time, though their most pronounced effects are often over the following six months to one year.

Those tracking discussions just off to the side of mainstream news are no doubt aware of the many emerging problems associated with food security. We are all watching food prices increase steadily. (The commercial media is not making the connections.) In my studied experience, this is another manufactured crisis. It will be blamed on something else — the usual suspect, most likely — the eternal “pandemic,” or climate change. The big boys are still hesitating on the phony UFO crisis, though we are being primed for that one.

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PLANET WAVES WEEKLY FOR MAY 12, 2022

Planet Waves Weekly Horoscope for May 12, 2022

STARCAST for May 12 :: Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio

Dear Friend and Reader:

Today’s horoscope is based on a diversity of astrological developments. Here are a few of the details. Most significantly, the approaching Full Moon in Scorpio is a total eclipse. It happens overnight Sunday to Monday (just past midnight EDT Monday), and will be visible across the Americas (and from some points in Europe and Africa) wherever the sky is clear.

Eric Francis.

Quite a bit has happened since the April 30 Taurus solar eclipse conjunct Albion (1992 QB1).

Mercury has stationed retrograde in its domicile Gemini (that lasts through June 3). That placement suggests there’s so much that we do not say, and need to. In Gemini, the retrograde has an especially introspective quality, and evokes the idea of an idioglossia, the secret language of twins.

Jupiter has entered Aries, starting a new 12-year cycle. Earth-Goddess Ceres has entered the sign of mothers and of women generally, Cancer. It is also in aspect to the Aries Point, which emphasizes how this placement contains many ideas that resound through society.

Because Cancer’s ruling body, the Moon, is eclipsed, there will be many references back to this Ceres placement and its diversity of concepts: relationships between mothers and daughters; the relationship between food and emotional reality; and food generally.

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Collusion by Charlie Lemay.

The supposed religious rights of a fictional entity (a corporation) were held by the court to be more important than the private medical choices and religious or ethical principles of individual women.

A Warning to Women and the Men Who Love Them

Dear Friend and Reader:

WE ARE ABOUT to experience a total eclipse of the Moon in the sign Scorpio, symbols boldly pointing to matters of women’s reproduction, and concerns of the public about such issues.

Soon after the corresponding solar eclipse in Taurus on April 30, a draft decision was leaked from the Supreme Court for the first time in American history, pertaining to the case Dobbs v. Jacobson’s Women’s Health Organization.

The proposed ruling would render it legal for states to entirely ban abortion, overturning the famous Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood cases.

This is also happening during the Chiron return of the Roe decision, and of the United States — and during the Pluto return of the United States. We live in revolutionary times. But the question is, whose revolution, and against what.

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A Brief History of Civilization by Charlie Lemay.

Chiron Return of Roe v. Wade :: The More Things Change

The draft of a pending Supreme Court decision is leaked for the first time in history — signaling an end to the age of the abortion rights era in the United States.

Dear Friend and Reader:

THE  EXTRAORDINARY  LEAK of a draft decision of the United States Supreme Court is itself a sign of the times. Yet another thing that’s never happened before actually has. We can be sure that the court staff will face something akin to waterboarding as the justices figure out just how that PDF got loose.

Then there is what the proposed decision says: That Roe v. Wade, the decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to abortion, was all wrong from the start, was not based on law, the constitution, custom or legal precedent, and has to go — consequences be damned.

It is important to remember that Dobbs v. Jacobson’s Women’s Health Organization has not been formally decided. The draft, written in February, would presumably result in a decision issued during the court’s June term.

As the “feminist” movement involved itself for years with men making “inappropriate” remarks in elevators, conservatives have worked tirelessly to take down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion.

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Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.

“If the mayor chews the eraser off of his pencil during the meeting, put that in the story.” — from the Echoes-Sentinel Style Guide

Beyond the Paradigm of Paradigms by Eric Francis

Even highly intelligent people tend to think in paradigms. Those are reality frames, or perceptual parameters. They describe one set of potentials, possibilities, definitions, concepts, and their own “laws of nature,” which “make sense” and have some degree of internal consistency, they hang together. For most, a “paradigm shift” is a good thing. It means progress.

The consistency of any paradigm is usually imposed through definitions (in the form of, “this is how we will now think of this issue,” or especially, “here is our view of the past, and past knowledge.”) Paradigms are mental constructs and ways of connecting ideas. They exist in us, rather than objectively in reality. A paradigm is a worldview, not the world. But then they manifest in the world. For example, the paradigm, “We are in the age of computers” has shown up in every aspect of life.

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Saturday, the Moon and Sun form a conjunction with the minor planet Albion, formerly known as 1992 QB1. This is also a partial solar eclipse, which goes over Antarctica.

Audio Presentation on this Event from STARCAST

Dear Friend and Reader:

Has anyone heard of the planet Abion? Anyone? Raise your hand if you have. Hmm, not seeing any.

Perhaps that’s because its primary discoverer, British astronomer David Jewitt, quietly gave it a name in January 2018, more than 25 years after its discovery. My readers may know it as 1992-QB1, about which I have written many times.

As its provisional name (1992-QB1) implies, it was discovered in 1992, by Jewitt, and a graduate student of his named Jane X. Luu.

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Illustration of the Kuiper Belt by Don Dixon, which originally appeared in Scientific American in 2000. The outermost inner ring is the orbit of Neptune. The inclined orbit would be something like Pluto, though with a much longer orbit than Pluto actually has; in 2000 it would represent a possible discovery, though the shape and inclination are evocative of Eris. The Kuiper Belt is the cloud of small objects that surround the solar system. © by Don Dixon, all rights reserved.

While Eris is often spoken of by commercial astrologers as “the planet within our solar system beyond Pluto,” it was not the first. Rather, it was 1992-QB1, now known as (15760) Albion.

Short story is, in the early 1990s, astronomers had their telescopes pointed mostly at Jupiter and Saturn. They were about to form a conjunction, and the Cassini Space Probe (properly called Cassini-Huygens) was being designed and built, about to be launched in October 1997.

Nobody was looking at the far edge of the solar system. There was speculation about whether this thing called the Kuiper Belt existed. Initially imagined by Gerard Kuiper (1905-1973), there was a question whether there really was a cloud of little planets out beyond Pluto.

Then he anti-predicted it, and said it probably did not exist. Then Drs. Jewitt and Luu discovered it on Aug. 30, 1992, and it was named after him.

As Dr. Luu quipped in an interview with me several years ago, “Most people would be happy. He got something for nothing.”

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Sun Enters Taurus. Venus is conjunct centaur Nessus. Moon in Sagittarius. And the Pholus-Quaoar conjunction.

The Chart:

Chart for this edition of STARCAST and the Taurus Monthly Horoscope.

Rainbow over New Paltz by Lanvi Nguyen.

Libra Full Moon square Orius and Iris

Dear Friend and Reader:

Saturday’s Libra Full Moon is an invitation to actualize your dreams and creative plans. The Moon-Sun axis is square the centaur planet Orius, which is about what you do with what you’ve got. As a Full Moon apart from any aspects, this is the first of the astrological year, with the Sun in Aries. Full Moons can be tense and stressful, though they also advance the story. They help us out of deadlocked situations, and can provoke a useful confrontation.

This Full Moon is making all kinds of aspects: the Moon is opposite a Sun that is making conjunctions to both Eris and Pallas, two wildly different influences. My early research into Orius (discovered in 2009) was revealing. Notably, this centaur makes very few appearances in mythology, and none that stand out as thematic (he is killed by Heracles, like just about all the rest of them). Orious shows up in fictional form in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Libra Full Moon square Orius and Isis. View larger.

From its Wiki: “Orius was a brave and noble Centaur who lived during and after the Long Winter, and was the General of Aslan’s Army against the evil White Witch during the Winter Revolution. He was a fierce warrior and a loyal follower of Aslan.”

However, it is more visible as a planet in astrology, and it has some exciting connections. And it seems to show up more in the charts of prominent men than women.

That said, we see the feminine influence in this chart coming from the opposition of Orius in Capricorn to Iris in Cancer. She is sometimes called the “female Mercury” and is the goddess of rainbows (Arc Iris). Here is an article about asteroid Iris that looks like fun but which I have not had a chance to verify.

As for Orious: this centaur turned up as a prominent influence in the charts of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (who both have it conjunct Eris and the Moon). These are the two people who first transformed the world with the digital revolution, then turned the world into a gigantic robot — though there is no debating the point that they are or were both overachievers.

They both have the same triple conjunction in their natal charts: Moon conjunct Orius conjunct Eris. It is remarkable beyond the limits of astrology to understand how something this outrageous works. Both Gates AND Jobs, with the Moon in the pattern? What about everyone else born with the Moon picking up this conjunction? Orius conjunct Eris (exact between 1954 and 1955) does not repeat until 2068, this time in Taurus, with a whole different flavor; for that we may be grateful.

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Furry boots and self-actualization are not in fashion.

Aries New Moon is conjunct centaur planet Chiron — a special event with the message of ‘it’s time to wake up!’

Dear Friend and Reader:

Friday we are up to the Aries New Moon — the conjunction of the Moon and the Sun in Aries. This is an action-packed chart, with most of the planets clustered in Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. With this we have a concentrated locomotive pattern: the fast train to the Aries New Moon. Pluto continues to burn through the last degrees of Capricorn, Uranus is stirring the pot in Taurus.

Locomotive pattern of the Aries New Moon. There are a lot of planets close together. Actually this looks more like several trains on the same track. Click or tap graphic for full chart.

The sky is still in a kind of Kala Sarpa formation, which means that all the planets are stacked to one side of the lunar nodes. This creates a state of imbalance and also pressure. It’s like everything is leaning to one side.

Here is my conversation with Melanie Reinhart on this configuration. I would clarify that based on much prior research, I know that actual Kala Sarpa involves the planets arrayed on one side of the nodes from Rahu (the north node) to Ketu (the south node).

The planets are now situated from Ketu in Scorpio to Rahu in Taurus. I do not know the name of this alt-Kala Sarpa, though I found it once long ago. It is not easy to locate good information on these yogas. If you study Jyotish and have a reference, please let me know. My old buddy Kalli Halvorson (1955-2009) turned me onto this branch of astrology.

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use here in the West) and the sidereal (sy-dee-ree-all) zodiac used in India, Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

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